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Durtro Jnana

Pantaleimon ‎'Mercy Oceans'

£8.99

Durtro Jnana

Pantaleimon ‎'Mercy Oceans'

£8.99

"What I know about Pantaleimon is that it serves as a moniker [name she most likely borrowed from St. Panteleimon - whose name means "all merciful"] used by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Andria Degens. What I also know is her music pours out onto the page like a bleeding heart. Music she holds within her was only released after she took an extended trip around the world. It was then she realized the need to give birth to what we can now all take part in. I've not followed her musical whereabouts since the beginning. But, all is not lost as her latest batch of releases confirms she is someone whose endearing, restrained talent is something to cheer about".

"Her second album "Mercy Oceans" is a sort of catharsis that one needs to undergo during ones lifespan. It's music that is whispered. Notions are suggested while Degens' heart bleeds all over the speakers. This is as naked as music gets - where the soul is left barren, where possibilities exist for a better and greater tomorrow. One would like to believe that people will start their own private revolution upon hearing these songs. Degens has a keen ability to hold ones attention.

Each phrase is uttered with utmost attention to details. Each breath is filled with meaning and holds weight. With each minute, one gets a sense of floating mere inches above a large body of water in a state of weightlessness. Every time she strikes the dulcimer, plucks the mandolin, or adds drones to the mix, one is struck by the wonder of it all. With guests such as Baby Dee [harp], Isobel Campbell [cello, piano, glockenspiel and vocals], Keith Wood [guitar], the music takes on the aura of near hallowed beauty. "We Love" comes across as one of the most striking examples of Degens at her peak.

The vocals are sung with graceful lift, while the whispering dulcimer and cello melodies send shivers down the spine. Later, on "Born Into You", the string instruments and drones add up to bliss as Degens sends waves of shimmering cascades from her mouth. The crowning peak comes on "I Am", where the vocals are austere, dulcimer particularly hypnotic and the piece ends with dead silence. "Mercy Oceans" is a hill of peace and calmness spread across time and space".– Tom Sekowski

Tracklisting:
1. Under The Water
2. We Love
3. The Sun Came Out
4. High Star
5. All The Birds
6. Born Into You
7. At Dawn
8. Raw Heart
9. I Am
10. Storm And Thunder